UNRISD maintains its autonomy to undertake independent research and provide a neutral ground for policy discussion by remaining financially independent of the United Nations general budget. We rely for funding of our core activities entirely on voluntary contributions from governments and other donors. In supporting UNRISD, these donors contribute to the assurance of a diversity of views and voices on development issues at the highest level in the global system.
In 2019, the latest year for which audited accounts are available, IPSAS-based expenditures amounted to USD 2.350 million.
In 2020, the governments of Sweden, Switzerland and Finland provided institutional funding to support the overall programme of work. The government of Germany provided support for an UNRISD office in the UN campus in Bonn that is working on integrated knowledge and capacity development for the SDGs.
The following donors are providing earmarked funding for research and activities in 2020: Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Studies, Coventry University, Global Social Economy Forum, Kentro Merimnas Oikogeneias Kai Paidiou, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Statistics Korea, Switzerland (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs), University of Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and University of British Columbia.
Sources of funding for specific projects and events are indicated on the relevant project and event pages on this website.
UNRISD is grateful to all our funders, past and present, for their support of our work.